Residents in conflict areas barred from going home-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
THE Crisis Management Committee (CMC) on Wednesday warned the residents from the “areas of concerns” or in the conflict areas that they are not yet allowed to return home.
The CMC issued the warning after hundreds of residents from the village of Rio Hondo attempted to return home Wednesday morning to get some of their belongings.
They claimed they were given at least two hours by an official of Rio Hondo to return homes to retrieve their belongings and other valuables.
However, no one among them could categorically say who gave them the permission to return home when confronted by policemen.
They were stopped by police along Pilar Street, which is just a few meters away from the boundary of Sta. Barbara village, where government forces are still scouring the place in search for the remaining rebels.
The adjoining villages of Sta. Barbara and Rio Hondo to include the villages of Sta. Catalina and Mariki are among the identified “areas of concerns.”
“Ipinapaabot sa mga mamamayan ng Zamboanga na hindi pa pinapayagang bumalik ang mga pamilyang naninirahan sa barangays Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Rio Hondo at Mariki,” the CMC said in its advisory Wednesday.
“Ang mga lugar na ito ay delikado pa dahil sa mga bomba na ikinalat ng MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) at kasalukuyan pang nililinis ng ating kasundaluhan,” the CMC added.
Meanwhile, the CMC in its advisory Wednesday afternoon said that the imposition of curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day will continue.
Work in both public and private offices located outside the conflict areas will depend on the decision of the heads of agencies, managers and Chief Executive Officers.
The CMC said that only City Government offices providing frontline services are required to continue operations on Thursday.